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Powerful Time Management Systems Of The Top Entrepreneurs


Top entrepreneurs are so successful for a reason—because they work really hard. But, the truth is, you can only work so hard; at some point, you're going to have to start saving time. You can only get so much done in a limited amount of time, after all. Thus, these entrepreneurs not only work very hard, but they also employ efficient ways of saving time so they can focus on other, more important things. In this article, we’ll discuss some of these methods.

One time-management system is the (10+2)*5′ method. First, work on your desired activity for 10 minutes, thinking about nothing except the work. Don't let yourself become distracted. Do whatever you like for the next 2 minutes. Continue in such a way for an hour at a time; this takes 5 sets of reps. This method brings on results because it's easy to convince yourself to work only 10 minutes at a time, with the promise that you can get a little free time afterward. Moreover, the short time period allows you to focus very hard.

Another time management system is the Pomodoro method. According to this method, you work for a set amount of time—usually 25 minutes—and then take a break for another, shorter amount of time—usually five minutes—before you resume working. The periods will vary, depending on you and your needs. This method is quite effective, for a simple reason: it encourages that you take breaks as you work, which allows you to rest and relax between working. Moreover, the breaks are often short enough that you can get something productive done during that time, like call a friend, clean up a little, or do some quick exercises.

A third system is the 80-20 rule of time management. This system states that 80% of the results you produce are generated from 20% of the work. To implement this system, you must therefore be aware of what times of day you're most effective, as well as which activities you can drop. Also, pare things down so that you're not doing more than what's necessary. For example, if you spend a long time doing research, learn better research methods to cut down this time. If you spend a long time putting things into categories, develop a standardized system of criteria so that you can categorize elements with ease.

The final, simplest, and, perhaps, most effective system for time management is simply taking on less. It's nice to take on a lot, but—at the end of the day—do you really think you need to take on this specific activity? Will it really help your career in some way? If not, delegate it to someone else. It's not worth your precious time.

Integrate these systems into your everyday life for amazing results. After all, the best entrepreneurs in this business can't be wrong!